Hello from Rome! My honeymoon is nearly over and WOW have things been a whirlwind – I really just can’t say that enough. Before I get back into blogging, back into the swing of normal life, I have to share this beautiful experience I had, courtesy of NAC Helicopters.
Last year NAC Helicopter contacted me about joining them for a ride. I’ve LOVED flying in helicopters since I was a kid, when I was lucky enough to take a few flights while growing up in the desert. When I was about 12 years old I flew from from Ai Ais, over the Fish River Canyon and Orange River all the way back to my home town. It was incredible! I will never forget flying over the glistening river. I also flew to Bogenfels Arch, just South of Luderitz, and one or two other times. Flying in a helicopter really is one of the best things you can do. But it’s been more than a decade since I was last in a chopper so I was well keen to accept the invitation.
Mr John, my bestie Cait, and my brother, Dan drove to the V&A Waterfront. NAC have parking right outside so there’s no need to mission too far or hassling with the underground parking. We were warmly welcomed into their lounge.
It was the PERFECT Cape Town day. Minimal wind and blue seas and skies enclosing us in the brightest blue. We stepped outside onto their porch to take in the unique harbour view:
The venue is at the back of the Waterfront and has an outdoor deck which offers a unique view of the harbour. Considering I was getting married in the harbour in a few days, I loved this new perspective. Shortly before lift off, we were weighed before climbing aboard.
We were given a couple of instructions, like to be careful of the rotor blade, not to walk around the back of the chopper, etc. And then we were off!
We climbed inside, the skinnies in the back and the butch in the front *cough cough*
Mr John . It was so exciting to know we would be high in the sky in a few minutes!
I literally can’t spam you enough with how beautiful our city is and how magical it looks from above. From spotting whales, Robben Island, boats, people, mountain tops, shores, arg, NO WORDS describe how beautiful Cape Town is from the sky! Let these pictures just do the talking:
Helicopter rides around the Atlantic Seaboard…
Helicopter ride past Lion’s Head…
And then you turn around and come back!
Our pilot, Aubrey…
Last view across Robben Island before coming into land…
Coming in for landing…
And touch down!
After our flight we sat outside and watched other people climb on board. We enjoyed a glass of bubbly, which really wrapped up the experience beautifully. It wouldn’t have been nice to have had such a lovely ride and then 60 seconds later be walking back to your car, THE END! So do enjoy a glass of bubbly, relax and enjoy the view from their deck.
How long are Cape Town Helicopter rides?
The flight took about 15 minutes (it feels MUCH longer when there’s so much to see!), probably 20 in total. There are longer flights out to the winelands as well.
How much do helicopter rides in Cape Town cost?
I believe this flight is about R4000 – consider it R1000 per person, the BEST R1000 you’ll ever spend! TRUST ME!
Where do helicopter rides leave from in Cape Town?
The NAC office is at the back of the V&A Waterfront. Drive around the back, past the furthest V&A mall entrance, over the Table Bay hotel circle, keep going. The road will lead you down to a t-junction, take a left. You will soon see parking and the helicopter offices on the right.
**Pictures taken by Hyphen Photography on behalf of Boring Cape Town Chick.